(Liberty Bell) – A fundraiser was held for an Idaho law enforcement officer who was suspended from the force after a TikTok video he made mocking NBA superstar LeBron James went viral. They ended up raising $85,000 for the man.
According to a report from Infowars, the viral TikTok sketch ended up bringing in 2.5 million views last week when it was posted. The video featured Bellevue police officer Nate Silverster having a fake phone conversation with James in the middle of a violent stabbing, after the basketball legend laid some thick criticism on an officer involved in a shooting.
It’s important to note that the officer involved in the shooting actually saved lives by taking his course of action. The teenage black girl who was shot and killed had a knife in hand and was actively attempting to stab another black teenager. She would have succeed had the officer not intervened.
“The recent viral TikTok video of a cop calling out Lebron James has cost the cop, my best friend in the world, Officer Nate Silvester a suspension without pay,” the message on a GoFundMe page said on Tuesday.
A policeman calls LeBron for advice in hilarious viral video pic.twitter.com/iQmLOKFXHr
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 25, 2021
“He’s still got his job for now, but apparently the town where he polices didn’t find his TikTok as amazingly comical, and accurate as the 4.5 million viewers did, including some major news networks,” the message on the page continued.
“The future is uncertain. I just don’t want to see my friend lose out on any money for this, when it was meant to be satirical, and to point out an obvious flaw in Lebron’s logic,” it added.
Silvester’s video came as a response to a deleted tweet that LeBron James posted up last week where he shared a photograph of the officer involved in the Columbus shooting mentioned above.
There wasn't a knife fight.
She wasn't "holding" a knife.
She wasn't acting in self-defense.
There was no time to "defuse"
There was no time to do anything but shoot to stop bystander from being stabbed.
Only color that mattered was silver of the blade.https://t.co/kvaewvSBrS
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) April 21, 2021
Inconvenient facts pic.twitter.com/la4CVdKh93
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